George Chuvalo

George Chuvalo will promote the Summerside Boys and Girls Club while on P.E.I. (CBC)

A fundraising campaign for Summerside’s Boys and Girls is getting a boost from a Canadian heavyweight boxing legend.

George Chuvalo is on P.E.I. this week to talk to kids about drug and substance abuse. At the same time he’ll be talking up new plans for the Summerside Boys and Girls Club.

The club recently bought a house close to its current building to offer more services.

“We are aiming at providing opportunities for youth 13 to 19,” said executive director Adam Binkley.

“They’re structured programs that would be offered in this youth engagement centre. So we have absolutely no room in our current facility, thus the need to purchase the house, which we did, across the street, and now go after expansion.”

The club has applied for funding from the Aviva community fund but needs votes to win. Chuvalo, who in his career fought six heavyweight world champions, will be encouraging people to vote online for the club while he is on P.E.I.

Binkley said the club is also looking for funding from other groups.

The total renovation of the building will cost about $90,000. Another $60,000 will be needed to develop programming.